Review: The Grill Kitchen – Gourmet

Review: The Grill Kitchen – Gourmet

The third outlet to be added to the Grill Kitchen brand, which is known for scrumptious food delivered to your home, The Grill Kitchen – Gourmet has been established with a view of providing the fine dining experience at home. The menu has Indian and Continental dishes

We tried a few of their dishes and fell completely in love with the food.

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The Boti Khurchan had juicy and succulent chunks of mutton, coated in a thick, semi-dry, spicy masala which was packed with flavor. The large pieces of capsicum and onions had blended well with the spices and made the dish really robust.

The Teriyaki Chicken had boneless pieces of chicken breast cooked in teriyaki sauce and served with zucchini and broccoli. The chicken was just a tad overcooked, but the teriyaki sauce was delicious. It was thick and had the right balance of sweet, sour and spicy notes, and the white sesame seeds gave it a nice textural contrast.

But our favorite dish of the lot was the Herb Roasted Chicken. It had roasted chicken on the bone, coated with a lovely herb mix, which gave the chicken a lovely taste. The chicken was served with some mashed potatoes, which were soft and creamy, and were seasoned perfectly, and had a lovely garlic flavor to them.

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The amazing food makes this place is a must-try!

 

Overall Rating: 4/5
Location:  S-Block, Greater Kailash 1, New Delhi
Phone No.: + 8800644399

Review: The Grill Kitchen, Malviya Nagar

Review: The Grill Kitchen, Malviya Nagar

The Grill Kitchen is a delivery chain that offers up some scrumptious North Indian fare. They operate from 5 p.m. to 3:30 a.m., so even for a late-night fix, this is a great place. Having tried their other outlet (Kalkaji) earlier, I knew that the food would be delicious, and I wasn’t disappointed at all.

The food arrived hot and on time, and neatly packed. But the lack of cutlery remains a problem with this outlet as well, as it was with the previous one.

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I ordered a Dal Makhani and Malvani Chciken.

The dal was thick, creamy and had great depth of flavor, which can only come from cooking for a long time over a slow flame.

The Malvani Chicken, a Maharashtrian chicken curry, was quite different from the regular butter chicken and karahi chicken that we’re used to. The chicken was well cooked, and the gravy had a unique and delicious flavor of whole spices. This dish is a must-try from The Grill Kitchen.

For delicious North Indian food which is priced reasonably and delivered to the comfort of your homes, this place should be tried.

 

Overall Rating: 4/5
Location:  Malviya Nagar, New Delhi
Phone No.: +91 11 2646 1002

Review: Lady Baga

Review: Lady Baga

Lady Baga, Olive Group’s latest venture, brings the Goa feel right to the heart of Delhi. The restaurant is done up in bright colors, with a bar in the center, and quirky decorative elements such as fairy light and hammocks on the walls. They have also recreated the beach experience with a floor to ceiling screen showing waves, and sand strewn across the floor.

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The restaurant is Goan in spirit, not just in terms of the décor, but also in terms of the food and drinks. Chef Anirudha has weaved his magic in the kitchen, while the in-house mixologist has created some smashing and innovative drinks.

The Acid Test comes with two small bottles of jalapeno vodka and kala khatta vodka, which were independently really tasty, and when mixed together with crushed ice, is an even more interesting concoction. Moonshine and Hooch was a strong and heady cashew flavored vodka, while the coconut vodka was milder and smoother. But our favorite flavored vodka was the chorizo infused vodka which went in to the Bloody Marianna, their take on the Bloody Mary. This cocktail is a must-try here. And so is The Ginger Man- a mix of ginger, tamarind, and scotch, which was super flavorful. Another great drink was Have a Cigar, which had cream, chocolate, coffee, rum, scotch, cognac, and tasted heavenly.

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If alcohol is not your thing, then you can try the Tropic Thunder, a sweet mix of oranges, lemon, grenadine, pineapple, sprite, and soda, or the sweet and spicy Ginger Spice made with ginger, lemon, simple syrup, and soda.

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Coming to the food, we started off with Suntanned Chicken Salad, which had oven roasted chicken (from the wings), shredded and dressed with a coriander-jalapeno salsa, with a touch of heat from star anise, tossed with broccoli, beans, raw mango, beans, tomatoes and chickpeas, sprinkled with crushed croutons. This was a lovely mix of flavors, and we simply loved the zingy dressing.

From the appetizer section, we ordered Here Fishy Fishy, which had a rawa fry Surmai fillet, coated in a spicy and tangy Recheado sauce. The fish was a tad overcooked, but the delicious sauce was so tasty, that we happily overlooked that. Also, the crispy fish skin was really tasty.

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Rafeal’s Cafreal: This had chicken on-the-bone, coated with traditional Goan green masala served with salad and potato wafers. Though the chicken was really juicy, we just wish the herby masala would have penetrated inside as well.

Get Beefed Up: Any visit to Lady Baga would be incomplete without trying out this absolutely divine dish consisting of slices of beef fry tossed with chilies, onions, capsicum, tomatoes. The meat was juicy, and well-seasoned, and the masala coating it was totally scrumptious.

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Father Lorenzo’s Chorizo, which had Goan chorizo sausages tossed in a traditional spice mix in a thick gravy, served with pao, was also something we relished. The chorizo was flavorful on its own, and the gravy provided it more punch.

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For mains, we went with Goan Fish Curry, which had moist, well-cooked fish, in a robust gravy made with whole spices.

Pigs in a Shelly Blanket: This was an innovative dish, consisting of clam and bacon risotto with prawn balchao on top. The rice was al-dente and the risotto was really cheesy, creamy and delicious. The combination of bacon and clam worked really well in the dish.

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Porkie Pig, or pork vindaloo, which had juicy pork chunks marinated and cooked in wine vinegar, garlic and Goan spices. The dish was sour, tangy, and delectable, with strong flavors. This dish was like a party in our mouth, and is a must-have here.

The Neighbor’s Best Kept Secret had boneless mutton pieces in Ratnagiri-style hirva curry, made from green chilies, coriander, and garlic. The fresh and herby taste of the hirva paste was something that blew us away.

We had all these dishes with some lovely fluffy Goan Red Rice.

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We rounded off this amazing meal with some mouthwatering desserts.

The Baga Bebinca, a traditional multi-layered Goan dessert made with flour, sugar, ghee, egg yolk, and coconut milk. The layers blended together, and had a sticky, gooey texture and a delectable taste. The bebinca was served warm with vanilla ice-cream.

Sticky Fingers, was a light and airy sticky toffee pudding made with dates and brown sugar. It was topped with a lovely toffee sauce, and the best part was that the dessert was not too sweet.

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The Banana Hammock had two slices of French toast, topped with peanut butter mousse, caramelized bananas, and vanilla ice-cream, and drizzled with some toffee sauce. The combination of peanut butter and banana is a classic one, and worked really well. The caramelized bananas were super tasty. The only problem we had with the dessert was that the bottom slice of bread didn’t have any sauce on it and felt a bit dry.

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The service was on-point throughout- the food came out swiftly, and the servers were enthusiastic and upbeat, were knowledgeable about the dishes, and made sure to ask for our feedback on the dishes. For a Goa feel here in the city, Lady Baga must be visited.

Overall Rating: 4.25/5

Location: P-3/90, Connaught Circus, New Delhi
Phone No.: +91 81306 56644

Review: Captain Chang

Review: Captain Chang

 

After providing us with delicious burgers, sandwiches and pastas for all our late night cravings, Captain Grub has opened up another late night kitchen, serving up some yummy Chinese food from 7 pm to 4 am across Delhi NCR.

We recently ordered from grub from here, and were impressed by the quality and quantity of food, the packaging, and the timely delivery.

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The Tom Yum Chicken was a lovely spicy tangy soup with strong flavors of coriander and lemongrass and was loaded with mushrooms and chicken pieces, and was really tasty, and simply perfect for this weather.

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The Spicy Chicken Coriander Dumpling was stuffed generously with a flavorful chicken mince, and the covering was thin. They had sent five different type of sauces along with it, which were all really flavorful.

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The Veg Salt and Pepper had lots of different vegetables coated in a thin tempura batter and tossed with green chilies, red chilies and scallions. Though the vegetables had lost their crunch during the transit, the taste was still quite nice.

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The non-veg appetizers were even better. The Hot Chicken Black Bean with Rock Salt had juicy chicken chunks, in a little bit of thick gravy, with bell peppers and spring onions, and was seasoned adeptly. The Crispy Konjee Lamb had shredded lamb, fried to a crisp and tossed in traditional konjee sauce, and the addition of sesame seeds gave another dimension to the taste, and a nice crunch.

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Coming to the mains, the King Pao Chicken had a thick, dark, robust Hunan sauce made with soy, and had a nice spicy kick to it. The dish was dotted with peanuts to provide a nice crunch to the dish.

The Mixed Vegetables in Hoisin Sauce had a nice variety of veggies such as baby corn, beans, different types of mushrooms, bell peppers and broccoli, in a thick and pungent sauce. The vegetables were cooked al dente, but we just felt the sauce could have been slightly more flavorful.

The Szechuan Noodles were perhaps the only disappointing dish of the evening, as it was really overpowered by black pepper.

We also tried a dessert- the Chocolate and Salted Caramel Jar. The dessert was amazing- it had layers of thick chocolate ganache, perfectly made dark salted caramel sauce, whipped cream, and chocolate cake crumbs. The flavors and textures all worked beautifully together, and made for a great end to the meal.

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Overall, a great place to order Chinese from late at night, at really reasonable rates!

Overall Rating: 4/5

Location: Vasant Kunj
Phone No.: +91 81305 68383

Review: PizzaExpress

Review: PizzaExpress

PizzaExpress, the much loved pizza brand, has expanded to 5 outlets in Delhi NCR, and this winter, they have come up with a special festive menu which features soups, salads, scrumptious pizzas and delectable new desserts, all at the reasonable price of Rs 650++.

We went here for a nice, relaxed dinner to try out the new menu, and revisit some of our favorites from the regular menu, and we had a very pleasant experience.

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We started with a Mulled Wine, which was excellent- it had fruity Cabernet Shiraz, mulled with aromatic whole spices, citrusy orange slices and fresh apples to create a lovely, sweet wine, which went perfectly with our meal. We also had a Ginger Fresca, a concoction of fresh ginger, mint, green lime, and ginger ale, which was very tasty and refreshing.

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We started off with a Tomato Soup, which was a classic, rich tomato soup made with sweet and tangy tomatoes, aromatic seasoning and served with crunchy croutons on top.

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We enjoyed the soup with a delicious dish of their famous Doughballs served with Emilgrana and Mushroom Dip. The mushroom dip was served warm and was so creamy, cheesy and delicious that we scraped off every last bit of it. We also requested for their other classic dips- basil pesto, pesto rosso, and garlic butter, and we enjoyed all three of them. The basil pesto was fresh and vibrant, the pesto rosso had a strong, robust and pungent flavor of sundried tomatoes, and the butter had a nice punch of garlic in it. The doughballs themselves were also really light and airy. This is a must-have dish here!

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For mains, we went with a couple of pastas. The Penne Con Peppadew had the penne cooked al dente in a creamy white sauce with tangy-sweet peppadew peppers, char-grilled vegetables, onions and garlic, seasoned with parsley, chili flakes, emilgrana cheese. The peppadew gave the pasta a lovely, unique flavor, and was super-tasty. The Linguini Cajun Pollo had linguini with lots of chunks of spicy Cajun chicken, tossed in a creamy Cajun sauce, roasted peppers and pickled sundried tomatoes. The sundried tomatoes gave a lovely kick to the dish, and the pasta was really hearty and delicious.

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We also had the Calabrese Verde Pizza, which had a thin, nicely cooked, crunchy rectangular base dressed with their signature tomato pasatta pasta, topped with spicy jalapeno, red chili, chargrilled vegetables, roasted peppers, black olives, and topped with emilgrana and mozzarella, and finished with fresh rocket dressed in basil pesto. The cheese was stretchy and fresh, and the rocket leaves dressed in pesto added a lovely touch to the dish, but we just felt that the veggies were a tad overcooked.

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For dessert, we went with the Tiramisu and the Warm Berry Crumble. The tiramisu was soft and light- the sponge fingers were nicely soaked in coffee liqueur and marsala wine, and the mascarpone layer was really cloud-like, and had just the right amount of sweetness to it, but it could have been a bit more nicely plated and presented. The crumble was served on a sizzler plate, which had a thick berry compote, which was topped with a buttery crumble, served with a dollop of vanilla bean gelato. The combination of the hot compote and the cold gelato was wonderful, and the dessert had lovely flavors, but we would have loved to have more crumble on the dessert.

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Overall, the food was really amazing, and the service was on-point throughout, with the servers providing good suggestions, checking up on us regarding each dish, and making sure we enjoy the meal to the fullest. For a lovely Italian meal, this place should definitely be visited!

Overall Rating: 4/5
Location: 3rd Floor, Ambience Mall, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi
Phone No.: +91 11 4087 0796

Review: Chor Bizarre

Review: Chor Bizarre

The legendary Chor Bizarre restaurant, which has been housed for the past 25 years at Hotel Broadway, Daryaganj, has recently opened another outlet at the beautiful Bikaner House. The Chor Bizarre brand has been known for its delicious Kashmiri cuisine and vintage décor, and the same theme has been carried forward at this outlet.

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Apart from the Kashmiri dishes that it is renowned for, the restaurant also has a collection of authentic dishes from different regions of the country. The kitchen has at its helm, Corporate Chef Rajiv Malhotra, who is more than happy to come to your table and take you through the intricacies of the various dishes.

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The restaurant is divided into two sections, one with a Kashmiri décor, and the other with a British style décor, both of which were done up beautifully. We took a seat in the Kashmiri section, which had vintage and antique items such as radios, transistors, photographs, which were collected from various bazaar of India, and had been creatively arranged to reflect the bazaar to which the restaurant owes its name. Even some tables have interesting elements- one table is made of an iron gate, one with wood carving, and one which was originally a sewing machine.

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We ordered a couple of mocktails to start with- Imli Mirchi Mary, a nice take on the Virgin Mary, this one had the addition of tamarind to make it sour and tangy, and Masala Mint Mojito, a nice and refreshing drink.

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We started our meal with some chaat items such as Dahi Batata Puri and Palak Patta Chaat. The batata puri was stuffed with potatoes, yogurt, mint, tamarind, and was topped with sev. The palak patta chaat was served on a platter shaped like a leaf. The spinach was super crisp, and since it was very lightly dusted with flour, we could still taste the spinach. It was topped lightly with tamarind chutney and yogurt, and was certainly the best we’ve had till date.

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Next, we had the Papad Platter, which had three different types of papads- dal, rice, and potato papad, served with two dips (a sweet and spicy chutney made with mint and saunth, and pachadi, which was made of yogurt and grated cucumber, tempered with mustard seeds and curry leaves) and a kachumbar salad. The pachadi was simply delightful and we had to ask for seconds of that beautiful dip.

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Then we took veg and non-veg kebab samplers.

The Veg Sampler had a spicy and tangy Paneer Tikka Achari; an earthy and slightly sweet Jimikand Anjeer Kebab (which was our favorite of the lot); Kurkuri Makai, which was a very unusual dish made of corn which was mixed with coconut cream and given flavors of lemon grass, converted into fritters and fried, giving them a creamy texture inside with a nice crunch outside; Kumbh ki Galawat (pan fried minced mushroom, which were melt-in-the-mouth soft); and Dahi Chironji ke Kebab (velvety yogurt kebabs stuffed with raisins and chironji dana).

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The Non Veg Sampler had Lahsuni Jheenga (char grilled prawns which were plump and juicy); Machhi Amritsari, which was lightly battered and fried, with subtle flavoring of ajwain, though it could have done with a bit more seasoning; Machhi Methi Tikka, a flavorful and beautifully cooked piece of fish marinated in yogurt and fenugreek; Gazab ka Tikka, their take on the murg malai tikka- it was creamy and delicate; Galouti Kebab, which were nicely flavored but the texture could have been smoother; but our favorite of the lot was the Gosht ka Soola, which was packed full of flavor and was so juicy and succulent.

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Both samplers were served with veg shashlik kebabs which were a nice touch.

After these dishes, we were served a palate cleanser shot, which was a nice concoction of pomegranate juice, pineapple juice, and chaat masala.

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Coming to the main course, we first tasted a few dishes like Dum ka Murgh Korma, Kadhai Paneer and Dal Chor B’zar before moving to the Kashmiri dishes. The chicken had a thick, delicious gravy, which left us craving for more, and even the paneer was beautifully made, and the whole coriander seeds in it provided a nice accent of flavor. But it was the dal that blew us away- rich and creamy in texture owing to being simmered on low flames for over 24 hours.

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After these, we ordered for Veg and Non-Veg Tarami, both of which were served in huge platters, which had a mound of rice in the center, dotted with the different dishes around the edge. We were also served a Mooli Akhrot ki Chutney- another Kashmiri specialty- and we simply loved it, and polished off 2-3 bowls of it.

The Veg Tarami had Tamatar Chutney, Tamaatar Chaman (which had paneer laced with a spicy tomato gravy), Dum Aloo (whole potatoes fried and cooked in a robust gravy), Khatte Baingan (a super-tasty sour eggplant dish which we simply loved), Nadru Yakhni (lotus root in a yogurt-based gravy spiced with aniseed and cardamom), Haaq (a Kashmiri specialty- a vibrant dish made with collard greens), Nadru Choorma (crispy lotus stems dusted with a lovely spice mix- a delicious little snack), and Kashmiri Rajma (thick, creamy, and mildly spiced).

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The Non-veg Tarami had, apart from a few of the veg dishes, some superb delicacies like a juicy Mutton Seekh Kebab, the fabulous Tabak Maaz (deep fried lamb ribs), Goshtaba (balls made of mutton mince in a beautiful, delicate yogurt gravy flavored with cardamom), and Rista (velvety, spongy mutton balls in a spicy thin gravy laced with Kashmiri red chilies.

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We also tried another delicacy- Aloo Bukhara Korma, a spicy and flavorful dish, with the spice balanced with sweet, rich plums. A really different flavor, and something which should not be missed. This dish goes extremely well with Bakarkhani, a slightly sweet bread, which had a slight biscuit-y texture and was tasty enough to be had on its own.

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After the Tarami, we were also served some Kahwa and Kashmiri phirni, and we ordered another dessert- Grilled Pineapple. The phirni was different from others we’ve had, as this was made with semolina rather than rice flour, and was really tasty. It was served in a sakora, which always adds a nice earthy taste to the dessert. The grilled pineapple had pineapple chunks which were charred, and coated with a sugar syrup, and served with vanilla ice-cream dusted with cinnamon powder, and the combination worked really well.

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The service was exceptional throughout the meal. Damandeep, who took care of our table, explained each dish properly and kept offering us good suggestions. For delicious, flavorful food and excellent service, Chor Bizarre is a must-visit!

 

Overall Rating: 4.25/5

Location: Bikaner House, Pandara Road, Delhi
Phone No.: 011-23071574/75

Review: Civil House

Review: Civil House

The newest addition to Khan Market, Civil House is a chic café serving European food. The place has a small open air terrace, a semi-open area with a wooden ceiling beautifully decorated with flowers, and an indoor section. The décor has a vintage vibe to it, and the upholstery and the little decorative elements here and there are eclectic, yet classy. The owner, Ms. Suwbha Chopra, has painstakingly put together each and every element at the restaurant.

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We started off with a Watermelon and Feta Stack with Balsamic Dressing, which consisted of two big chunks of watermelon layered with rocket leaves and feta, topped with pine nuts and a balsamic glaze. The flavor combination was classic and the presentation was really nice, but it could have done with a bit more feta.

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The Moroccan Spiced Baby Potatoes had been cooked perfectly, and had a nice spice coating on it, and were doused with an herb sauce and balsamic vinegar, and topped with a mix of finely diced onions and tomatoes.

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The Balinese Chicken on Lemon Grass had a spiced and fragrant chicken mince on a skewer of lemon grass, served in shot glasses with a sweet chili dip. The chicken was really juicy and deftly spiced, and the dip went really well with it.

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Prawns Ajilo was a fabulous dish, which had juicy, plump prawns, in an immensely flavorful lemon and coriander broth. The broth was so good that we lapped up the whole lot and very still craving for more.

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We then ordered a Pizza Bianco, which was a flavorful pizza with a white sauce, topped with cheese and drizzled with white truffle oil. The pizza had a thin crust which was baked perfectly, and was topped with arugula, which added a nice freshness to the dish.

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The Pumpkin and Quinoa Bowl was a great example of how healthy dishes can also be made tasty. The dish had a base of pumpkin puree, topped with quinoa which was then layered with creamy spinach. A wonderful, light, and flavorful dish.

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The Pan Seared Sea Bass was no less either. It had a flaky, soft sea bass basted with fennel butter, atop a robust vegetable risotto. The only thing that we could critique the dish on was that the skin on the fish wasn’t crisp.

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We had this meal with a Kaffir Lime Virgin Mojito and Fresh Strawberry Smoothie, both of which were nicely made, but took quite a while to be brought to the table.

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After the hearty meal, we went for Hazelnut and Ganache Torte and Vanilla Panna Cotta for dessert. The hazelnut torte had a crunchy base made with museli, topped with a light and airy chocolate hazelnut mousse, garnished with some chocolate ganache- a lovely play on different textures. But the panna cotta is one dessert which should not be missed here. It had the perfect jiggly texture and was dotted with vanilla bean flecks and was just adequately sweet. It was served with an orange and pink pepper gastrique which was immensely flavorsome, and we felt the dessert could have done with a lot more of the gastrique, simply because it was amazingly tasty.

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Overall, this place can definitely be tried, and would be ideal for a laid-back lunch with friends on a sunny winter afternoon.

Overall Rating: 4/5

Location: 26, Khan Market, New Delhi
Phone No.: +91 11 4709 4903